Evaluation for Mojo

I chose to write about the smoking ban in Hull and East Riding Hospitals, namely Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill. It was an interesting story as it has caused a lot of controversy. I visited both sites to try to get some film and interviews. This proved to be a lot more difficult than I expected. People were not happy about being recorded or filmed.

Outside the entrance to Castle Hill, but still within the grounds, I managed to interview an elderly lady who had come out for a smoke. The quality of the recording wasn’t very good as we were standing in the rain. However, I think the recording adds to the story because it illustrates how people are ignoring the ban and also shows conflicting views.

The short film footage that I managed to take on my mobile phone was an important lesson for me. I was approached by one of the security guards and asked to stop filming. What was even more interesting was that he asked me to leave before he approached the people who were smoking.

I was not sure if I would be able to show this footage so I blurred out the faces to avoid any problems. Also I feel that it adds some irony to the article as the people I filmed smoking were mainly staff.

The article could be used for a local website such as the Hull Daily Mail because of the location. Although a link I added is a general NHS guidance addressing all UK NHS Trusts. Comments taken from Facebook were also aimed at other hospitals so this story would have a wider appeal. The audience demographic is also very wide-ranging as it is an issue that affects so many; both smokers, non-smokers, staff, patients, visitors, old and young alike.





No smoking

Smoking at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital has been banned completely. Patients, visitors and staff are not allowed to smoke in the hospitals’ buildings, grounds or car-parks.

The shelter at the entrance to Hull Royal Infirmary has been removed to discourage smokers from gathering there.

Free nicotine replacement is offered to patients who smoke throughout their hospital stay.

Security staff are enforcing the policy by kindly asking smokers to extinguish cigarettes or to move off the hospital site completely.

The ban is causing much controversy and mixed opinions.

smoking ban

Some smokers choose to ignore the ban, especially in adverse weather conditions:

There has been furhter controversy following the decision to allow patients to use e-cigarettes in hospital grounds but not the staff.

An NHS trust spokeswoman said: “The decision not to allow staff to vape on hospital premises was taken in order to maintain a professional image for the Trust and the people who represent it.

“Staff are required to go off site if they wish to vape. Alternatively, staff are able to access other alternatives to smoking, such as patches or gum, with the help of the Stop Smoking Team.”

OUTLAWED: Staff at Hull Royal Infirmary, inset, and Castle Hill Hospital are banned from using e-cigarettes

Live Streaming

Points to consider when live streaming:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Where are you filming? Trespassing, Private?
  • You cannot film minors without permission from parent/guardian present.
  • Broadcasting rights-even background music.
  • Can’t live stream at concers/sports events/theatre/museums etc.
  • Think ahead.
  • Be safe.
  • Think about viewer sensitivity. Is scene too gorey, explicit, offensive?
  • Invasion of privacy.


Periscope is Twitter’s live video product.

Viewers can interact with you by sending messages that appear instantly on the screen, as you broadcast, and which are visible to you and everyone watching.

They can also show their appreciation by clicking to send a like.

You get instant feedback on what you are broadcasting and, if you choose, you can alter what you do, or incorporate suggestions made in comments, in what you broadcast.

It brings great immediacy to your broadcasting. Your broadcast will stay live for 24 hours only, but you can save the footage and audio you have created to re-use later.

Points to remember

  • Make sure you have ‘Autosave the broadcast’ on, so that your video is saved.
  • You don’t want incoming notifications interrupting. Switch on ‘Do not disturb’.
  • You can switch to the front-facing camera at any point, by double-tapping the screen.
  • Try to stay steady
  • Keep the commentary going-repeat the who what when where why and how at regular intervals so joiners know what’s going on.
  • Movement is good-experience things as they happen.
  • Keep Up, be quick and versatile-you’re trying to get a good shot, keep people up to date, interview people and think about questions coming in from viewers.
  • Remember to save your stream.


“Periscope was founded on the belief that live video is a powerful source of truth and connects us in an authentic way with the world around us. We are fascinated by the idea of discovering the world through someone else’s eyes…

While there are many ways to discover events, movements and places, we realized there is no better way to experience something than through live video. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video lets us explore the world together.”(

Live Tweeting

10 tips for live tweeting at events

Make sure you know the #hashtag of the event

Engage with people prior to the event

Get Twitter handles of speakers in advance

Capture the essence of the conversations

Keep the conversation going

Quote speakers correctly

Tweet compelling visual content

Connect with other fellow delegates

Tweet consistently but wisely

Continue tweeting after the event 


How to live-tweet: 5 things to keep in mind

  1. Prepare as much as possible

Events move fast in person but they move even faster on Twitter. This makes it a perfect fit for discussing and documenting events in real time, but it also means you need to keep up or risk getting left behind.

To ensure you can act quickly and stay as relevant as possible while live-tweeting, you need to be prepared.

  • Do your research. Make sure you know the names (and how to spell them properly) and the Twitter handles of everyone involved with the event. Think about any questions your audience may have about the event and prepare answers, if you have them.
  • Set up streams in Hootsuite. You’re going to set up two streams in Hootsuite or Tweetdeck. One will be for the official hashtag of the event you’re live tweeting (more on that later) and the second one will be for a Twitter list you’ve created of all the relevant people involved in the event. Whether it’s the nominees and performers of an awards show or the speakers at a conference, setting up a stream for this list will ensure you don’t miss a single Tweet from the most important people at the event.
  1. Use the right hashtag(s)

Is it #Rio2016? Or #RioOlympics? Or just #Olympics? You may think it doesn’t matter which hashtag you use while tweeting about the Olympic Games this summer, but it does (and it’s #Rio2016, for the record).

Make sure you know what the official hashtag is, as well as any other hashtags that may come into play.

  1. Mix it up

Simply posting photos from an event using the hashtag doesn’t mean you’re successfully live-tweeting anything. Try to use different engagement methods and aim to post multiple types of content throughout the course of the event:

  • Tweet out quotes from speakers or presenters.
  • Search for questions being posed using the event hashtag and answer them.
  • Tweet questions or polls of your own using the hashtag to engage your followers.
  • Share photos from the event using your image templates.
  • Post videos of behind-the-scenes footage, or updates from the event.
  • Retweet event speakers, presenters, or performers.
  • Retweet humorous or insightful comments about the event from other Twitter users.
  1. Make every Tweet count

Just because live-tweeting an event happens fast and furiously doesn’t mean you should abandon your standards when it comes to content. Be selective about the quotes or insights you choose to tweet and only post high-quality photos and videos that your followers will find interesting.

Provide value for people who aren’t there

Live-tweeting an event is a great way to enrich the experience for those in attendance. But don’t forget that the majority of your followers will also be seeing your Tweets. If you’re going to be flooding their timelines with Tweets about an event they’re not at, you better make it worthwhile.

When you post a photo of a speaker, for example, make sure you include more than just a mention of their name and the hashtag in the Tweet. Adding context—whether it’s a quote or a link to more info—will ensure that all of your followers can find some value in your live-tweeting.

  1. Wrap it up and repurpose it

One of the great things about live-tweeting is the plethora of content it can provide you with once the event is finished. Compile your Tweets (and the best ones from other people on Twitter or those involved in the event) into a blog post and share it with your followers in the days and weeks to come.

Semester 2-Mobile journalism

Our first session of the semester gave us an introduction to Mobile Journalism. We looked at some of the apps that will be useful and also equipment.


Some ideas of kit needed.

(The cat is not compulsory)


My Kit so far!

I also have some of the suggested apps, plenty of data and I’ve freed up the storage and added a 32gb SD card.

Here are some of the advantages of Mojo taken from “Mojo: from periphery to mainstream of journalism” By Hosam El Nagar, May 2016

Mobile journalism is much more than a cheaper way to produce video content on the go:

  • It overcomes barriers, gets close to the subject and gives the journalist unique and special access
  • It can survive disasters – a camera and a satellite news gathering system in your pocket on which you can film, edit, transmit, and go live from anywhere.
  • It provides new possibilities – enabling wider coverage potential at low cost
  • Mojo makes it easy and viable to offer more specialised niche coverage to smaller audiences

Some Useful Tips

  • Make sure you have enough power
  • Clean your lens.
  • Hold your phone horizontally so your phone’s home button is on the right hand side.
  • Get close to the subject which will also result in better audio if using the phone’s internal microphone.
  • Film a variety of shots and different angles.
  • Check the audio and make sure that the interview shot looks ok whilst still on location.
  • Start by putting your phone in airplane mode – this stops calls and app notifications coming through and interfering with your reporting, particularly if you’re live streaming.
  • Take a second each time to lock focus and exposure as your phone is likely to shift focus automatically mid-shot.
  • Make sure your shot is stable. Interlock arms if no tripod available.

The resources available for MoJo are limitless and particularly abundant on Twitter. I have already spent a lot of time looking at various sites, news, feeds, reports and people and as a result have started following more members of the MoJo community.

The RTÉ International Mobile Journalism & VR Conference , 4-6 May 2017 in Galway, Ireland looks like a great opportunity but is rather pricey.

There has also been a conference in Paris this month which I would have liked to have attended .

I also discovered the world’s first television channel to produce news entirely with a smartphone; the local TV channel of Geneva, Léman Bleu.

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